Bluetooth-x-98Bluetooth Gets a Boost

Rick Merritt

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bluetooth can act as a low-power scout for wireless devices and services thanks to a new feature launched atBluetooth World here today (March 15). Bluetooth proponents aim to further extend the link later this year with support for mesh networking, 2 Mbit/second data rates and longer distances, competing with 802.15.4 links such as 6LoWPAN and Zigbee.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released its Transport Discovery Service (TDS) spec. It lets Bluetooth discover and initiate connections with any other available wireless link. TDS aims to let users turn off higher power links, such as LTE or Wi-Fi, until they need their bandwidth.

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